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AMC Recap – July 12 – July 16th

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Scott tells Marissa that Annie will be heading up the PR at Chandler Enterprises.  Marissa’s upset but Scott thinks they need to trust JR and Annie being around each other so they’ll know if it’s really over between the two.  Erica tells Jack about her experience with Caleb in the mountains.  She decides she must severe her connection to Caleb. However, it becomes clear there is a sexual tension between them. Krystal’s reassures Jackson that Erica loves him and is just flustered from her whole experience. Tad refuses to believe Liza when she says Damon’s acting out again.  Colby goes through Damon’s stuff for proof that he might be cheating. Greenlee becomes hurt after finding Jackson’s guest list for the wedding and realizes her name’s not on it.  After confronting Jackson she goes to the bar to drink. Ryan tells David been sloppy lately which will allow Jesse to catch him sooner or later. After asking Erica what she wants from him, she admits to Caleb she wants to stop caring for him. Jackson shows up and asks Erica what happened in the room with Caleb.  Erica lies and says Caleb got into a fight with the Chandlers and she followed him here. David informs Frankie he’s at the top of the list to be let go as a result of budget cuts.  As Randi prepares to leave for her trip to Italy, she and Frankie say their goodbyes, knowing she has to go for the financial aspect since he could be losing his job. Ryan is impressed with Madison’s behavior with his daughter and admits that he’s excited to spend some time alone with her in NY.   Madison confides in Frankie that this upcoming trip could signify a turning point in her relationship with Ryan.

Ryan helps a drunken Greenlee get back to her hotel room and into bed.  Before he leaves, Greenlee admits that sometimes she wakes up thinking that he’s lying next to her.  Neither realizes that David’s been standing outside the door. Erica approaches Caleb with some information she’s dug up and questions his identity.  She wants to know what drove him from a successful life as a lawyer to life in the mountains. Caleb admits that the woman he loved was stolen by Adam Chandler. Jesse asks Jake to keep an eye on Angie until he can lock up David.   David threatens to cut Frankie due to budget cuts and before she can challenge him, Angie has another visual disorientation attack. Jesse warns David that just because he’s been suspended doesn’t mean he’s stopped his investigation into Erica’s crash. Wondering why the universe keeps putting them together, Caleb kisses Erica. She questions his intentions and he admits he’s willing to put aside his peaceful life in the mountains for her.  Erica tells Caleb the answer to his question is no. Erica asks Jackson if they can postpone their wedding until they are both sure it’s the last time they’ll ever walk down the aisle and go on the honeymoon first. Greenlee learns from Bianca that Ryan has gone to NY with Madison.  In a spontaneous moment, Greenlee books a flight and winds up in NY, specifically inside Ryan’s room. Just as Madison and Ryan are about to kiss, they’re interrupted by a call from the front desk and Madison heads out to handle. Ryan finds Greenlee hiding in the bathroom demands to know what she’s up too. Madison returns and after getting Greenlee out, Ryan and Madison finally share a kiss. A client comes on to Annie and JR busts into the room to break it up. Marissa finds herself overwhelmed with trying to care for AJ and study. Jesse shows up for a meeting with Mayor Iris, only to find out from David that it has been cancelled.  David’s taunting gets to Jesse and the anger inside him comes out. Angie questions the heavens on why this is happening to her and she has another visual-disorientation attack.

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Days Of Our Lives

GH’s Maurice Benard and DAYS Kassie DePaiva Named “Power Performances of the Week”

Two daytime vets in two very opposing types of storylines delivered emotional and riveting work during their scenes.  First on General Hospital, Maurice Benard (Sonny) in yet another stellar knockout performance in the Alzheimer’s storyline; showed the anguish and pain of a son trying to come to terms with his father’s ultimate fate.

This week saw Sonny originally deciding to try to prolong Mike’s (Max Gail) life by having him placed on a feeding tube, but soon after seeing the fate of Yvonne, another Alzheimer’s patient, and a talk with Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst), Sonny changed course, and did what’s best for Mike, not for himself, and decided to let his father die with dignity and with as least suffering as possible.

We don’t think there could have been a dry eye in the house when Sonny visited Mike’s hospital bedside, and told him that it’s OK for his dad to let go, and not have to stick around for him.  Max Gail, as per usual, was also so touching in these scenes.

Benard did not overplay a beat, and for anyone who has had a parent die of this dreadful disease, you could relate to what Sonny went through in the more than capable hands of this two-time Daytime Emmy winner.

Over on Days of our Lives, what a return for Kassie DePaiva in her role as Eve Donovan! This time, she has come back unhinged and at an emotional rock bottom, so much so that she had abducted Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson), had him taken to an abandoned warehouse, strapped him up, tortured him with an assist from Dr. Rolf’s protege, Vincent (Michael Teh), and came up with this twisted plot to have Ben turn back into the “necktie serial killer” and kill his bride, Ciara (Victoria Konefal).

Why, you say? Well, because Eve’s daughter, Paige was one of Ben’s victims and it has been eating Eve alive this whole time. She is a mama grieving for her daughter so deeply that she can’t understand why Paige is dead and he is left on earth to roam around free and find love and happiness… and we find out she was gutted when Ben got a last-minute reprieve when he was recently sentenced to death by lethal injection.

DePaiva played this arc of Eve’s story as a soapalicious villain, but when you really deconstruct it, Eve is just in so much pain… and all of that came through even in the darkest of scenes.  And … there is yet more to come!

Kudos to Maurice and Kassie for being named Michael Fairman TV’s “Power Performances of the Week”.

So, do you agree with our picks for Maurice and Kassie? What did you think of their work? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Sonny Makes The Heartbreaking Decision About Mike In Episode With Touching Performances

For anyone who has gone through losing a loved one to Alzheimer’s Disease, Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital would bring them right back to the place they found themselves in when faced with the difficult decision of what to do when there is no more hope, when the disease has progressed to its most advance stages, and wanting the person they love to die with what dignity they have left.

Through Sonny’s journey played beautifully by Maurice Benard, we see a son who wants to do what he can to prolong his father’s life, holding on to the moments where there seemed to be some signs of life within his dad, and not wanting the guilt of being the person to make the ultimate decision – in this case to put Mike (Max Gail) on a feeding tube, when he no longer has the desire to eat.

Wanting to move forward with the procedure to have a feeding tube put into Mike, Sonny runs into Felix (Marc Anthony Samuel) who tells him about Yvonne, and how she is at GH on a feeding tube and a ventilator and strapped to a bed.

When Sonny sees how Yvonne is hooked to machines, it is a real awakening for him,  That, coupled with one of the most important talks and moments in the Alzheimer’s storyline when Sonny speaks to Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst)  – who tells him how she sees Mike, who is now a shell of himself, who doesn’t smile, doesn’t eat, and so forth – Sonny is aware of what he truly needs to do.  These scenes they were played to perfection by Rebecca Herbst and Maurice Benard, and couple that with Laura Wright and Steve Burton as a concerned and emotional Carly and Jason; seeing how this situation is ripping Sonny apart, and also facing that Mike will die, they too are devastated and delivered hankie-filled moments in their scenes.

The final minutes of the episode featured father and son in a simple, quiet, and powerful scene where Sonny tells his dad, he is not going to have a procedure, and that it’s OK for him to go.   Mike, in tears, hears what Sonny is saying and is relieved.  Sonny has set him free to die, and now Sonny must face his decision – a selfless one that any of us who have been in this position know has to be done for their loved one; so there will be no more suffering and no more pain.  Kudos to GH for today’s scenes in this storyline.

Watch the scene between Sonny and Elizabeth below.

Now let us know via the comment section, how do you think GH handled this major moment in the telling of the Alzheimer’s storyline? What did you think of the performances? 

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Days Of Our Lives

Kassie DePaiva Back as Eve on DAYS; What Did You Think of the Shocking Reveal?

If you caught Wednesdays’s episode of Days of our Lives, you know that Ben’s (Rob Scott Wilson) captor was revealed.  After many theories by fans on social media since Ben and Ciara’s (Victoria Konefal) wedding literally blew up in their faces, with Ben being kidnapped, it all came down to this moment.

Then, in a great entrance; soap veteran Kassie DePaiva made a return to the NBC soap opera as Eve Donovan, the woman behind the kidnapping.

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It all goes down in a warehouse (somewhere yet to be determined to the audience)  where we see Ben strapped to a chair and man dressed in black coming into the room where he is being held introducing himself as Vincent played by actor Michael Teh.

Vincent tells Ben he blew up his wedding and was paid to do so by his employer.   The henchmen also notes that said employer is also the same person who sent the other wedding gift- that was the one that Ben thought Clyde (James Read) to be behind.

Ben wants to be released but Vincent takes a baton and strikes Ben’s leg as he yelps in pain, and then, lo and behold, from the doorway we hear, “That’s enough Vincent.”

Just then, Eve says she will ‘take it from here’ as Ben watches her in shock.  What will Eve’s next move be?  Has she snapped?  Is this payback for what Ben did for murdering her daughter, Paige?  Is Eve working with someone else for money as well to harm Ben and Ciara?

DePaiva tweeted on her return: “I’m baacckk!@nbcdays watch out Ben!”

Share your thoughts and theories on the return of Kassie DePaiva as Eve Donovan on DAYS; Did you think she was behind the bomb? Let us know  via the comment section below.   

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B&B’s Heather Tom talks with Michael Fairman immediately following her record-tying win in the Lead Actress category during the 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards.  Heather and Erika now hold the most wins for an actress with 6! Leave A Comment

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